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The British Columbia Paleontological Alliance (BCPA), the Victoria Palaeontology Society (VicPS), and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (SEOS), University of Victoria (UVic) are pleased to announce:

the 14th British Columbia Paleontological Symposium
June 9-12, 2023
Bob Wright Centre
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, Canada

This Symposium is for professional and avocational individuals in the field of paleontology to present and/or hear the latest news and breakthroughs in paleontology within British Columbia and beyond.

While this scientific symposium caters to professional and avocational individuals, others interested in detailed scientific research presentations are welcome to register. This site will be updated as details are confirmed; please check back often.



The preliminary schedule, below, will be refined as abstracts are received, registration numbers confirmed, and activities finalized. Check back often for updates.

Day 1
Fri., June 98:00–9:00 amCheck in & Poster Displays
9:00–12:00 pmWorkshops & Tours (# and topics to be determined)
1:00–3:00 pmWorkshops & Tours (# and topics to be determined)
5:00–7:00 pmCheck in & Poster Displays
7:00–9:00 pmEvening Social Event
Day 2
Sat., June 108:00–9:00 amCheck-in, Poster Displays
9:00–10:15 amPresentations
10:15–10:30 amBreak, Poster Displays
10:30–12:00 pmPresentations
12:00–1:30 pmLunch (on-site, or off-site, to be determined)
1:30–2:45 pmPresentations
2:45–3:15 pmBreak, Poster Displays
3:15–4:00 pmPresentations
6:00 pmDinner (plus awards and recognition)
Day 3
Sun. Jun 118:00–9:00 amPoster Displays
9:00–10:15 amPresentations
10:15–10:30 amBreak, Poster Displays
10:30–12:00 pmPresentations
12:00–1:30 pmLunch (on-site to encourage interaction and viewing of posters)
1:30–2:45 pmPresentations
2:45–3:15 pmBreak, Poster Displays
3:15–4:00 pmPresentations
Day 4
Mon., June 128:00–9:00 amField Trip departure time and location of fieldtrips to be determined
Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers are in the process of being confirmed. The intent is two keynote speakers, one to open each day of presentations. Topics under discussion. Check back periodically for updates.

Posters & Presentations

This page will be updated as presentation and poster topics are confirmed. Below are themes from previous British Columbia Paleontological Symposia, plus new ideas, for consideration by those submitting abstracts for presentations or posters:

  • Paleontology and climate change (ancient, today or how one informs the other).
  • The evolution of paleontology perspectives and ideas; from organisms to ecology, ecosystems to climate.
  • Changing relationships in paleontology (e.g., fossil locations as public education/engagement, collaboration with First Nations).
  • Paleo-artistry and its significance to scientific understanding.
  • Latest technological developments changing and revolutionizing the field of paleontology.
  • Latest research on significant sites or fossils from BC (e.g., Burgess Shale, Tumbler Ridge, Macabee, etc.)
  • Updates on research shared at previous symposia.
  • International research that informs work in BC (e.g., work in formations elsewhere in the world found in BC)
  • Collections available in BC for research; outstanding questions and knowledge gaps ripe for research.
  • Geology of BC, as it relates to our understanding of ancient life, ecology and ecosystems.]

Workshops (hands-on and demonstrations) are scheduled for Friday, June 9th. Participation will be limited and require pre-registration. Additional fees may apply, to be confirmed when online registration opens. This page will be updated as workshops are confirmed, so please check back periodically. Workshops under development include:

  • Identification of ammonites
  • Identification of plants
  • Silicone peel demonstration

Have an idea for a workshop, or want to offer one? Your suggestions or leadership offers are welcome. Budget is available to cover associated costs (e.g., materials, guidebooks). If interested, please contact us: To assist with administration, please state the following in your email title:

  • “R/E Workshop Option”.

Tours are planned for Friday, June 9th.  Tours under development, to be confirmed, include various facilities:

The intent is for tours to be no charge, if and where possible.

Field Trips

Field trips are scheduled for Monday, June 12th . Participation will be limited and require pre-registration. Additional fees may apply, to be confirmed when online registration opens. Under development:

  • A proposal has been received for a tour of coastal sites currently under study, led by the main researcher.

This page will be updated as details are confirmed, so please check back periodically.


The Bob Wright Centre, University of Victoria School of Earth & Ocean Sciences is the main venue for the symposium. It is located at 9882 Ring Rd at the University of Victoria (map below). The following will take place at the Bob Wright Centre, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria:

  • Presentations
  • Poster displays
  • Fossil displays
  • Workshops
  • Tours of paleontology-related technology at the University of Victoria

Find out about getting here.


Dinner Saturday evening will provide an opportunity to relax, mingle and recognize the contributions of non-professionals to the advancement of paleontology in BC. Dinner is included in registration. Additional tickets will be available for guests accompanying individuals who have registered for the Symposium. Additional tickets can be purchased online as part of registration.


The Rene Savenye Award honours an amateur paleontologist who has demonstrated outstanding service to the science of paleontology or to paleontological education in British Columbia. It is awarded periodically, by nomination. If you would like to nominate a non-professional for this award, please review previous award recipients Rene Savenye Award ( and contact the BC Paleontological Alliance at Contact Us (



Abstracts for oral presentations and posters should be no longer than 500 words excluding title, author(s)’s name(s), address and email address.

They should be submitted by 11:59 PST, Feb. 28, 2023 via this page (submission form under construction, please check back later).

The duration of each talk and their follow-up Q&A will be decided once the full program is established.


Poster dimensions should not exceed 4 feet by 4 feet (122 cm x 122 cm). Display boards and pins will be provided. Posters are to be mounted beginning Friday morning, 8:00am June 9th, and mounted no later than 10:00 am on Saturday, June 10th. Posters can be taken down at the end of the talks on Sunday June 11th .


When registration opens, a form will be available here.  Check back end of January 2023.


Secure space is available to showcase fossil collections. Please contact or 250-812-3970 if interested. To assist administration, please put the following in the subject line:

  • R/E Fossil Display


DateDeadline for…
February 1, 2023General registration opens
February 28, 2023Abstracts due (submit via website-add link)
March 1, 2023Last day for early registration discounts
March 28, 2023Confirm intent to display fossils
April 1, 2023Rene Savenye award nominations due
April 15, 2023Registration closes
June 9, 2023Mounting of posters and displays; set up begins 8 am.


Travel & Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Victoria has a wide array of hotels, motels, and Airbnb locations, and UVic has ample student and visitor accommodation on campus (including some new facilities), with food services and parking (see Tourist influx will be growing in early June so early bookings are advisable; less pressure should be present for on-campus accommodation.

The UVic website provides several campus maps (e.g.,

UVic is located on the north-east side of Victoria, an approximate 15-20 minute drive/bus from downtown. If not using your own mode of transportation, the city bus system has several routes servicing UVic (e.g., The Evo car share operates in Victoria, with parking available at UVic for vehicles from the Evo Victoria “home zone”.

Victoria is serviced from Vancouver by BC Ferries and an international airport north of the city. The Coho ferry brings visitors and their vehicles to Victoria from Port Angeles, Washington, while the Clipper ferry provides a passenger service between Seattle and Victoria.


Goes to the registration page for now. When registration is open, it will go to the form.


The Symposium is financed through Society membership dues and donations. Offers of support are welcomed and encouraged to make this event the best experience possible. Details below. To discuss sponsorship, contact:, or call Jerri Wilkins, 250-812-3970.

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Keynote Speakers – supplement travel and accommodation of keynote speakers travelling thousands of miles, primarily at their own expense, to participate in the Symposium.
  • Friday Social – an evening mix & mingle to kick off the Symposium, traditionally featuring music, appetizers and beverage service. Sponsorship can support space rental, food service, or both.
  • Nutrition Breaks – 4 breaks are offered over two days. Sponsor one, or all.
  • Lunch – currently, registration does not include lunch on Saturday & Sunday. Both could be sponsored events, provided onsite or at university food service options without walking distance.
  • Awards Dinner – Sponsorship can include covering venue rental, or sponsoring a table (food service costs), or all food service costs.
  • Poster Displays – Have company name, logo and provided materials displayed prominently entering and exiting the poster display area.
  • Workshops/Fieldtrips – cover costs of workshop materials, or fieldtrip costs such as
    transportation and lunches.

Sponsorship includes recognition in advertising, social media posts and printed symposium materials, as well as name association with the specific event sponsored (e.g., The xx Fieldtrip, brought to you by (company name). Sponsorship is flexible and can accommodate materials provided by the sponsor. To discuss options and costs contact:, or call Jerri Wilkins, 250-812-3970.


Planning committee members:

Special Thanks to Advisors & Volunteers:

  • Tom Celuszak – website and social media
  • Justin Bauer – registration
  • Perry Poon, John Fam, Laura Termes & Kirsten Brink of the Vancouver Palaeontological Society for their thoughtful advice and wisdom developed from planning previous symposia